A simple vegetable based Chow Mein.
Boil 500 ml (or a pint) in a kettle and pour into a pan with the chicken stock cube, two table spoons of the dark soy sauce and teaspoon of salt.
Add the Egg Noodles and leave to boil for 5-7 minutes or until the noodles have cooked.
Once cooked, remove the noodles and drain into a colander. Place under a cold tap and rinse the noodles thoroughly until they become cold as we want to stop them cooking any further.
Place aside to drain.
Peel the ginger (a potato peeler is ideal) and crush/bash with the flat of your blade.
This helps break down the ginger before chopping as it prevents big lumps, which can be unpleasant to bite into.
Peel and quarter the small Onion. Separate the onion layers.
Crush the garlic clove, peel and chop roughly.
Chip the half green chilli into rings.
Chop the spring onions into rings.
Peel the large carrot and chop in half. Slice the carrot into fine thin fingers.
Assemble all the vegetables in small plates and keep next to the wok. It gets furious once the cooking starts!
Place a dry wok over a large hob (your largest) and put the heat on full (highest setting + 1). Pour the groundnut oil in the wok, swirl and leave the wok to heat up.
The wok needs to be really hot so do leave it for a minute or so or until the oil starts to smoke.
Pitch the onions, chopped spring onions and carrots into the wok and stir fry for a minute or until the onions begin to take on a golden colour – no more than two minutes.
Add the ginger and stir for another half minute.
Add the chopped chilli and garlic and stir for another 10 seconds – any longer and the chilli turns into noxious fumes.
Add the bean sprouts and keep stirring for a minute
Add the noodles from step 1.
Add a tablespoon of dark soy sauce.
Add a tablespoon of fish sauce or a teaspoon of salt if you don’t have any fish sauce.
Add a teaspoon of sesame oil.
Add a couple tablespoons of oyster sauce.
Stir all ingredients. I often find that its easier to use two wooden spoons and toss the ingredients.
Stir fry for no more than three minutes or until the noodles have heated all the way through.
|Nutritional Values - per portion|
|Total Fat 7g|
|Saturated Fat 1g|
|Total Carbohydrate 17g|
|Dietary Fiber 1g|
|Nutritional Values - all portions|
|Total Fat 21g|
|Saturated Fat 4g|
|Total Carbohydrate 52g|
|Dietary Fiber 4g|
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